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(845) 463-0592
(914) 271-7996
(203) 212-4800
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Many of the projects we’ve written about here have been newly constructed homes in need of some inventive landscaping and stonework to really set them apart from other homes in the area.

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The upper patio isn’t quite large enough for what the Schweppes require

The Schweppes’ home couldn’t be more different.

Located across the Hudson River from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, their unique home is more than 100 years old, but it doesn’t look its age. The exterior is lovely and quaint, with a striking red tile roof that really pops against its creamy stucco finish, complemented with black shutters and crisp white window accents. From the street, it practically begs onlookers to come inside and live.

The Schweppes love to live inside their home – and outside, too – but because it’s over a century old, it has some limitations for their modern-day needs. And that’s where Neave Group Outdoor Solutions came in.

You can see from the “Before” photos that the upper patio – next to the house, up the stairs from the Schweppes’ beautiful vanishing-edge gunite pool – doesn’t have a lot of usable space; the patio furniture feels very crowded and walking around without getting tripped up is a challenge. The garden also looks overplanted and overgrown.

The existing swimming pool is surrounded by overgrown shrubs which minimize the circulation and entertaining space around the pool.

Our goal: Work with the Schweppes to create a backyard area that’s more livable and coordinates better with the stately, inviting exterior of their home.

We’ll lower that upper patio to flow more comfortably from the two “wing” patios that are set off by columns on each side of the house (one is a cooking area and the other is an outdoor living room), and create a new natural stone wall that matches the home’s stucco finish. The patio will be made of recycled brick with bluestone banding.

And we’ll update the garden to be much more manageable and livable: We’re thinking lots of color with plenty of breathing room – and including a cutting and edibles garden.

Stay tuned to our blog for another update on the project as we wrap things up…we can’t wait to show you what we’ve done and let you know what the Schweppes think of their new backyard. You can also follow the progress of this unique make-over on our Facebook Page. We’ve never shown you a work in progress before, but we’re confident you’ll be as happy with the results as we hope our clients are.

Feeling inspired?

Call the landscape design professionals at Neave Group Outdoor Solutions to start your landscape transformation. From the Hudson Valley, call (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, dial (914) 271-7996, and if you’re in Connecticut, call us at (203) 212-4800. You can also fill out the web form on this page to have us get in touch with you.

And if you want more insight as you plan your landscape, download our free Landscape Planning Guide!


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